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Noa takes notes on a Horrorshow:

Away on the wind~
Yes- but more cracks would be...

The Gorgon... What's it purpose? Does it have a reason for doing this?
There are too many toasters in my chimney!
 27 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 11th Apr '11 5:55:09 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
...I don't suppose you could complete that thought? ._.

The ruins are its preferred habitat, presumably. The petrification is... some kind of defense mechanism? Or just the consequence of its Brown Note appearance?

Where it came from and how it got into the building in the first place, I don't know. :/
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Away on the wind~
The cracks would be... deeper than just physical.

They're literally cracking into the psyche of the person, breaking them mentally... without any outward physical signs.
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 29 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 2nd May '11 1:21:58 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
I think I'm leaning toward keeping the crevices strictly physical, with psychological consequences indirect... there's plenty of room for HONF without one's mind being constantly directly invaded. :)

  • Moving shadows, sliding along walls and over people, showing the location of nothing visible, like the fingertips of an unseen colossus running over 3-space and reading it like Braille. It can't see us any more than we can see it, but it can at least reach out and touch our world. Perhaps it wants a closer look at someone. The shadows swirl together and cluster around them, covering them in blackness... and then they are gone. Perhaps to return. Perhaps not.
  • Humans have been studying the vacuum since before Bernoulli. As far as we're concerned, our artificial vacuums are a perfect model of the vacuum of space. The reason for this is simple; our artificial vacuums are native to Earth, formed simply by evacuating the atmosphere. The natural vacuum is native to space. Invisible things live in it that cannot move against the pressure gradient at the edge of the atmosphere. If a spacecraft were to open itself, however, let the air escape and be consumed, allowing the native void to fill the vessel, and then seal itself off again and return - it may happen to bring something else back with it.

edited 2nd May '11 1:23:23 PM by Noaqiyeum

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 30 Noaqiyeum, Sun, 11th Sep '11 12:19:14 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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  • They look like balloons, perfectly spherical with a long, ribbonlike tendril hanging from them as they drift through the sky - and a single large iris and pupil that looks around in every direction, though no one seems to notice this.
    • They hunt children, of course; the tendrils leave lash marks on the skin, generally starting with the wrist but that then spread as over the course of days their prey becomes sleepier and more lethargic - and anaemic. Eventually, when it seems the victim could not possibly move in a moment when no one is looking, they and their prey simply disappear.
    • They do propagate, though no one has observed the mechanism. Wherever one is, others simply appear nearby.
    • They are surprisingly strong, but as flimsy as you might expect, though they defend themselves with an inexplicable method that can only be described by its visual effects - if something appears likely to pop it, the eye rapidly turns to look at it and everything appears to flicker out of existence for a fraction of a second, and when it returns the offending object has vanished completely. If this defence can be circumvented, however, the punctured balloon readily bursts, making a brief rain of the fluids it contained.
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 31 Stolen By Faeries, Sun, 11th Sep '11 12:36:38 AM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
So... killing one is Eye Scream. evil grin

Also, cool on now making balloons a source of paranoia. [awesome]
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 32 Noaqiyeum, Sun, 11th Sep '11 12:52:45 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
I want to think that this successfully combines Primal Fear and Eye Scream with Adult Fear. :D (Thanks!)

edited 11th Sep '11 12:53:08 AM by Noaqiyeum

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 33 Stolen By Faeries, Sun, 11th Sep '11 1:08:51 AM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
Further tests conducted on a completely willing subject suggest that you are indeed successful. :)
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 34 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:06:08 AM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Yay. :D

Cygan seems to have abandoned her Magic Inherent project, and I posted a couple of ideas for that that could be transplanted fairly decently (even though the tones of the work are rather different), and that I therefore may as well save for posterity.

  • A gallery of paintings whose appearance changes, but keeping a constant motif of some kind. The "flock" moves from place to place, slowly growing by accumulating other pictures that it passes, often stalking a person for a period of time before either their prey vanishes or it "decides" to follow someone else. In direct confrontation, the paintings themselves are basically harmless distractions, but nearby doors, windows, drawers, and so forth tend to open into pulsating organic passageways and intestinal labyrinths or to vomit out hungry otherworldly creatures.
  • Butterfly-like winged crustaceans that live in hornet-like hives. Newborn larvae destined to become a new hive are carried by a drone and implanted in a human, where they burrow toward the brain stem. The first larva to reach it becomes the queen, severs it, and integrates itself in place, as the others metamorphose into drones and begin the process of reconfiguring the rest of the body into the new nest - covering the body cavity and parts of the skin with the hexagonal holes trademark of a beehive.
    • The rest of the original brain remains mostly intact throughout this process, as it is reserved as food for the growing queen and only slowly consumed, but due to being disconnected from the brain stem is no longer in control of the body.
  • Ambrosia - a strange substance that deforms and broadly enhances a person who eats it, and causes that person to produce a seed; the seed, when planted, sends out roots to assimilate the immediate area into their personal Sanctum Sanctorum - a place that will heal them, where they cannot die, and where anyone else who enters becomes painfully and permanently ill.

edited 12th Sep '11 10:06:45 AM by Noaqiyeum

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 35 Stolen By Faeries, Mon, 12th Sep '11 6:17:44 PM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
The "flock" moves from place to place, slowly growing by accumulating other pictures that it passes, often stalking a person for a period of time before either their prey vanishes or it "decides" to follow someone else.

Out of curiosity, what do you mean by "decides"? Good beastie though. Some folklores actually say that any doorway like thing could lead to another world - usually faerie but "hungry otherwordly creatures" certainly work. >:)

The rest of the original brain remains mostly intact throughout this process, as it is reserved as food for the growing queen and only slowly consumed, but due to being disconnected from the brain stem is no longer in control of the body.

... And I Must Scream. You have both disturbed and fascinated me. How big are these winged crustaceans and are they edible?
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 36 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:00:31 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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It's (probably) not actually sentient, so "deciding" is whatever process it uses to determine it may be easier to capture this prey rather than that. Humans use words like 'dimensions' and 'universes' and 'world' so cavalierly. No idea how many distinctly different types there are - alternate timelines, omega-branes, loop universes, dendra, manifolds, skew dimensions, moebius continua... And some of them can be easily mistaken for each other if you're limited to ordinary human perceptions. :D

You have both disturbed and fascinated me. How big are these winged crustaceans and are they edible?
Yay! (The SCP Foundation is more directly to blame here than usual.) :D 2 - 3 cm wingspan or so? And yes, you could probably eat them, but they do swarm to defend themselves.
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 37 Stolen By Faeries, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:10:30 PM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
Ah, I see. Wow. O_O I clearly need to research those.

Yay! (The SCP Foundation is more directly to blame here than usual.) :D 2 - 3 cm wingspan or so? And yes, you could probably eat them, but they do swarm to defend themselves.

(Ah, still sufficiently different. And yay! More And I Must Scream!) So the size of a butterfly...

It would be cruel to my sister to tell her about this one.
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 38 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:16:48 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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Err, I made them up as in-universe concepts off the top of my head, to make a point. That being, faerie roads and magic doors could coexist with that easily in a continuity like this. :P :D

Yes, I think you're right.
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 39 Stolen By Faeries, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:24:03 PM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
Then I commend you on naming them in such a way that they sound like legitimate theoretical world dimension things. O_o

:P

... back to topic, end of derail thingy...
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 40 Noaqiyeum, Mon, 12th Sep '11 10:36:38 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
Some of them are less made-up than others... I have a decent idea of what alternate timelines, moebius continua, and dendra are and how they differ. :P

Anyway. Do feel free to share your own thoughts and elaborations, too... <_<
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 41 Stolen By Faeries, Sun, 9th Oct '11 9:27:15 PM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
I knew I'd forgotten to do something... and since I don't know what you mean by elaborations... >_> (I had these questions before, I just forgot to post them).

Balloon Beasties:
  • Just checking whether my thoughts are correct, but the anaemia would suggest blood-loss, so the tendrils have some sort of little teeth/mouth conbinations on them?
  • You mention that when they "flicker out of existence for a fraction of a second" that the eye rapidly turns towards it first - is it not enough for it to know that it's being attacked, it actually has to see the threat in order for the defence mechanism to take effect?*
  • My sister has more questions about the balloon beasties - you apparently have disturbed her caught her interest with them.
    • She wants to know how they capture their prey. (my note:Woudl it have something to do with their ability to flicker out from existence for a moment?)
    • She also wants to know what colour they are - she imagines them as a sort of electric blue.

The Gallery
  • You said that the nearby doors and such open up during confrontations and that they are intestinal. In capturing prey, would it be safe to assume that another such tunnel opens up and steals the victim where they are then digested, the creatures that live within the tunnels being immune to whatever acid/alkaline is used for digestion (use an alkaline! 8D)in the same way that certain worm eggs are immune to stomach acid? Or it opens up a tunnel into the stomach part of the tunnels thus the beasties won't even need that immunity... /me going on a tangent.
    • Also if the creatures are hungry then it could be that they are fed by whatever remains of the victims when they reach they intestines... /going on worse tangent.
  • You said the gallery keeps a motif but changes the appearance and grows by accumulating paintings it passes - do the paintings it passes have to be of the same motif to be absorbed?
  • Kinda interested in seeing somesort of link between how the paintings can open "portals" while mirrors are typically given power over moving between worlds.

The butterflies have sufficiently disturbed me - though I would like to know where the typical implantation point of the larvae is (if there is one), if it is possible to realize one has been chosen as a meal, and if they can be removed.

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 42 Noaqiyeum, Tue, 18th Oct '11 5:51:49 PM from across the gulf of space Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
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  • Balloon things:
    • Yes to the blood-loss, not quite to the teeth/mouth thingies. :D It's like a one-tentacled sky jellyfish, and the tendril is covered with cnidocytes - only instead of injecting venom, they are microscopic straws. The holes they leave behind are small enough to clot very quickly, too small to be seen individually with the naked eye, and are easily mistaken for a rash or a rope burn. :D
    • I don't see it as a matter of perception - the eye just has additional functions beyond seeing things. But whether it has to turn to look at the object or not, I'm not sure.
    • Yes - same principle. Good thing they sap the blood out first - it gives you time to try to drive it off. :P
    • ...it looks like an eye, albeit one with a very thin optic nerve. I do imagine the iris as being very vividly blue, though.
  • The Gallery
    • Yes! :D
    • ...I hadn't thought about that, actually. 0_0 I don't know.
    • Portal Painting. :P Only in this case the pictures themselves aren't the actual portals.
  • The Butterfly Hives
    • Nowhere special, but they usually go for the head (for obvious reasons).
    • Sure. If you missed that you were getting bug-bitten by butterflies, you should at least be able to feel the grubs burrowing through your body.
    • It's actually fairly easy, especially before the hive is properly established, but there's not much point after the queen transforms unless you have a way to grow back parts of the brain.

edited 29th Oct '11 1:11:37 PM by Noaqiyeum

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 43 Stolen By Faeries, Tue, 18th Oct '11 9:23:14 PM from a sea of discontent.
Entrap me, Entrall me.
Yes to the blood-loss, not quite to the teeth/mouth thingies. :D It's like a one-tentacled sky jellyfish, and the tendril is covered with cnidocytes - only instead of injecting venom, they are microscopic straws. The holes they leave behind are small enough too clot very quickly, too small to be seen individually with the naked eye, and are easily mistaken for a rash or a rope burn. :D

Ok, that's cool. [awesome]

Yes! :D

I assume you mean to the "tunnel appears, sucks the victim in, and then the victim is digested" part of my multiple tangents...

...I hadn't thought about that, actually. 0_0 I don't know.

Someting to think about.
Also a question on how the flock travels - would they just take the places of existing pictures in a gallery, returning the originals once they leave, by the same means that the open up portals. Also when they recruit a new portrait does it leave the frame where it once resided empty, or does the whole picture frame disappear. It would make sense to me that only the portrait moves and that they use the frames as a doorway. also it would tie in with if they only reproduced by recruiting ones with similar motifs.

If you missed that you were getting bug-bitten by butterflies, you should at least be able to feel the grubs burrowing through your body.
Ah, cool. Lovely.
brb - trying not to imagine bugs crawling under my skin.

edited 18th Oct '11 9:23:39 PM by StolenByFaeries

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